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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society
POWER STEERING HANDS. This second-hand tire delivery man steers with ease four tires with bare hands along busy E. Quirino Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.
‘NATION’S GLOBAL FRONTIER’
Davao Region is on target By NEILWIN JOSEPH L. BRAVO email@example.com
AYOR Sara Z. Duterte yesterday said Davao Region is well on its way to becoming the “Nation’s Global Frontier.”
In her final state of the region address (SORA) before the Regional Development Council at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 11 Center, the regional RDC chairperson said the vision outlined in the Davao Regional Development Plan 2011-2016 is within target. The DRDP is the first major output of the RDC 11 during the term of Mayor Sara as RDC 11 chair which was aligned with President Aquino’s so-called Social Contract with
the Filipino people. Towards that end, Mayor Sara also cited the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2011-2016 formulated to provide the priority programs and projects that would propel the region’s growth to higher and faster economic growth and poverty reduction. She cited the great strides made by the region in just three years. “We are pleased to have made a positive difference in the state of Davao Region. But we also accept the fact that a lot more needs to be done,” she stressed.
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SARA’S FINAL SORA
No to coal plants By EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ firstname.lastname@example.org
M LIL’ PATRIOTS. Young mallgoers pay respect to the Philippine National anthem played just after the opening of Abreeza Mall along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.
ayor Sara Duterte has reiterated her strong stand against coal-fired power plants (CFPP) in her final state of the region address (SORA) yesterday. The lady mayor who also sits as chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 stressed her preference for renewable energy and punctuated her message at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 11 Center with a non-negotiable stance at CFPPs at least in Davao City.
Saying the issue “closest to her heart” is power generation, Mayor Sara said she is only amenable with generating renewable energy, like hydro-electric. “Sa ako lng, dili lng dinhi sa Davao City (for me, it would be best not to build it here in Davao City),” she said, regarding the creation of CFPPs as means to solve the power shortage issue of Mindanao. Mayor Sara said, more than the issue of environmental degradation, the
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DCPO urges media to undergo testing
Govt. officials, consultants say
Poverty solution not automatic D
By CHE PALICTE email@example.com
Senator-elect Villar for revival of manufacturing sector to generate jobs
By ANTONIO M. AJERO firstname.lastname@example.org
OVERNMENT officials led by senator-elect Cynthia A. Villar and Japanese consultants attending the first-ever Philippine Investment Conference which opened in Davao City yesterday said it would take many years of sus-
tained high economic growth rate before it could impact on the poverty and unemployment in the Philippines. The officials answered a question in the press conference why despite the 7.8-percent growth rate of the country, the
National Statistics Officer still reported the worsening of poverty and joblessness this year. Trade and Industry Undersecretary Merly M. Cruz told mediamen that it is not automatic for Philippines to
avao City Police Office chief Ronald dela Rosa is urging media outfits to conduct drug testing among their personnel for their own good. He told Edge Davao that drug testing is an inherent administrative responsibility of the company or media outlet to which the media practitioner belongs, adding that, “What the police can do is urge media outfits to do it.” Dela Rosa recently subjected one mediaman who was reported to be pushing illicit drugs, This time another member of media is under investigation by DCPO after being reported to be a a ‘user’ of prohibited drugs. “Mailhan na ninyo ug matokhang na siya ug unya
na lang ko mosulti kung madakpan na para di nako magtago tago sa pangalan,” he explained. Dela Rosa added that the purpose of the “tokhang” (toktok hangyo) was not meant to persecute the alleged mediaman instead it would help him to reform himself. He said that drug testing makes the workplace safer and increases the employee’s confidence. It is better to catch a drug user before he/she becomes a hazard not only to the workplace but also to society. “It also helps employees to be more productive because they do not have to fear a drug related incident jeopardizing their welfare in any way,” he added.
Soldiers, NPA clash
lements of the 10th Infantry Division AFP based in Compostela Valley Province engaged a 30-man group of the New People’s Army in a 20-minute firefight Sunday in Sitio Mahayag, Barangay SaoSao, Mawab town. In a statement sent to media by military spokesman Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, the encounter occurred only13 kilometers from the headquarters of the 10th ID.
There were no reported casualties on both sides and the rebels withdrew and were pursued. Paniza said the NPA groups was responsible for the roadside landmine incident last May 21, along the TagumMaawab section of the Maharlika Highway at Brgy Magdum, Tagum City, where six army personnel, including two female soldiers, and a military dependent were injured. CMP
HAZARDOUS FUMES. Two persons with disability (PWD) are seen leisurely traversing C.M. Recto Avenue in Davao City yesterday unmindful of the hazardous fumes emitted by the vehicles plying the area despite the recent full
implementation by the local government of Davao City of Ordinance No. 0280 or the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance. Lean Daval Jr.
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DOST deploys 124 water sensors T
HE Department of Science and Technology 11 has deployed a total of 124 water level measurement sensors and automatic rain gauges on all river basins nationwide, according to regional director Anthony Sales. He told reporters during the public consultation on the implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act No. 10532 which institutionalizes the Philippine National Research System Act of 2013, at the Men Seng Hotel, that the sensors will serve as early warning devices that warn local officials to conduct pre-emptive evacuation in case of flash flood. Sales said that in Davao Region, 20 WLMS were already installed in all its provinces with active river basins. He said 28 units more of water level measurement sensors and automatic rain gauges will be set up in other river basins in the region. Sales said all instru-
ments will be installed on the last day of July, 2013. “We are focusing the installation of instruments on 18 critical river basins in the country. Unfortunately, the Davao River that traverses the city proper is one of the critical river basins, and the Libuganon River in Tagum City so we are setting up more sensors along these rivers,” he said. Sales thanked the local government units for providing support like funds for the fencing of the area where the sensors are located. Earlier, Eric Colmenares, science research specialist of the Department of Science and Technology 11 said the instruments along the Davao River comprise four automated rain gauges and three automated weather stations will be used to warn residents of imminent danger as offshoot of heavy downpour like flash floods. He said automated
KALASAG. Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Executive Officer Sonio Sanchez answers queries from the Gawad Kalasag Regional Selection Committee led by Civil Defense Asst. Region XI Director Rebecca Lopez during the evaluation conducted recently at the PDRRMC operation center, Tagum City. PDRRMC Davao weather stations will be installed in Baganga, Davao Oriental, Davao City and Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur. Colmenares said
automated rain gauges will also be set up in Bansalan, Davao del Sur, Panabo, Davao del Norte, Maragusan, Compostela Valley and Mati City,
Philhealth donates facilities, vehicle to children’s center
HE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) in Soccsksargen Region donated equipment, vehicle, and other appliances to a children’s center based in a town in South Cotabato. The package of donation is worth P806,074, according to Merlie Sabug, management services division chief of
Philhealth-12. The beneficiary, the Wards of the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), is located at Barangay Maibu in Tantangan, South Cotabato. Aside from an air-conditioned multicab, the center also received two computer sets, three air-conditioning units; TV and
DVD player; washing machine; gas range with tank; and baby bottle sterilizer. The Philhealth also provided RSCC with four high chairs, cerebral palsy chair, 12 dining tables, open shelf for toys, cabinet for books, whiteboard, full body mirror, books, and toys. The donation, according to Sabug, is
part of the P1.605 million they raised from the Philhealth-DOH Run in February 17, the nation-wide Run for Mother and Child Protection. The RSCC is a residential facility being run by the government’s social welfare department in Region 12 that caters to the needs of less fortunate children aged 0 to 6. [PNA]
FISHING COCONUTS. Residents fish out floating coconuts brought by robust flow of water after a heavy rain in the Municipality of Laak, Davao Del Norte. Lean Daval Jr.
del Norte is vying to represent Region 11 in the National Gawad Kalasag Search or “Gawad KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan,” an award given to individuals and organizations in the public and private sector showing exemplary performance in disaster risk reduction and management. [Mera Grace E. Apuya/DavNor PIO] Davao Oriental. “These sites were selected by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration,
in order to measure the amount of rainfall and the wind generated once a strong weather system like a typhoon occurs,” he said. [PNA]
Davao Norte offers tourism packages V
ISITORS can now enjoy the authentic beauty of the province of Davao del Norte with budget-friendly tour packages that showcase the best resorts and attractions in the Banana Capital of the country. Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario led the launch of the ‘lets touR DavnoR’ Tourism Circuit Packages to offer bundled trips to the top destinations in the province, as part of the extensive promotions and marketing campaign of the provincial government. The event was one of the highlights of the opening salvo of the week-long Kadagayaan Festival 2013, in celebration of the 46th Araw ng Davao del Norte on July 1, 2013. With affordable day tour packages ranging from P800 to P1,500 per individual, foreign and local visitors can choose to bask in the allure of pristine white sand beaches or enjoy the equally-satisfying agriculture, culture and ecology destinations in the province. Aside from the world-
class beaches in the Island Garden City of Samal, the vast banana plantations in the mainland and the highland journey in nature and culture to include waterfalls, springs, and lakes, as well as, the Ata-Manobo Cultural Village complete Davao del Norte’s tourism brand offering from “Island to Highland.” Provincial Tourism Council President Araceli Ayuste said some of the tourism packages feature destinations in two or more local government units which were clustered to ensure that nobody is left out as far as tourism development is concerned. She revealed the bundles were identified by the respective local tourism officers with the concurrence of the various tour operators and travel agencies in the region. With the lets touR DavnoR packages, Provincial Tourism Officer Noel Daquioag said it is now easier to introduce products and services available in the different cities and municipalities of the province. [PNA]
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Palace renews call to speed up Maguindanao trial M
ALACANANG on Tuesday reiterated the directive of President Benigno Aquino III to government prosecutors handling the Maguindanao massacre case to help speed up the trial by thwarting any “dilatory tactics” by the defense. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a press briefing, said the government stands ready to assist the families of the massacre victims as discussed during their previous dialogue with the President. “The offer of assistance has always been there dahil alam po nating mabigat po ‘yung kanilang pinagdadaanan. And, again, the instructions of the President stand -- para sa mga public prosecutors po natin, hindi po dapat dine-delay ‘yung pag-prosecute doon sa kaso at labanan po lahat ng any dilatory motions or dilatory tactics na pwede hong i-employ ng depensa,” she said. Private prosecutor Harry Roque earlier said at least 14 of his clients
were offered money by a third party to drop the charges against the Ampatuans last February but the deal did not materialize because the negotiator died two weeks later. He urged the government instead to provide compensation to the victims’ families so they can resist any monetary offer from the Ampatuans. Valte, however, said they don’t agree with the interpretation of the private prosecutor and government prosecutors will never support moves to settle the Maguindanao case out of court. “We don’t agree with the interpretation kasi, in any criminal case, syempre may akusado at understood na ‘yon na, kapag napatunayan na sa korte, kasama na doon ‘yung civil aspect of the case,” she said. “Our public prosecutors will never support a move like that. The President’s instructions stand -- for our prosecutors to avoid delay in trying the case and to object to dilatory tactics,” she added. (PNA)
NIA ANNIVERSARY. President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during the 50th Anniversary of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) at the NIA Open Grounds, NIA Building Complex, EDSA in Diliman, Quezon City on Tuesday (June 25, 2013). With theme: NIA at 50: Serving the Farmers with Excellence and Commitment
Lawyers group opposes nomination of DILG exec A
n association of corporate lawyers has called on the Judicial and Bar Council to exercise great care in choosing the next Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan following the nomination of an outsider with close ties to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. During last week’s interview of Sandiganbayan top post aspirants, one of the nominees, DILG Undersecretary Rafael Santos, said his move to vie for a post in the Judiciary has a blessing from Roxas. Santos made the remark after one of the JBC members asked if it is okay for Roxas to lose an able undersecretary. “A nominee for the Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan who openly admitted that he had obtained the ‘blessings’ of a political patron before applying for the said post is clearly not suited for the role. More so if that same nominee was previously a Senior Partner in a law firm known for its political ties,” Atty. Maribert Q. Pagente, president of the
Legal Management Council of the Philippines, said in a letter dated June 24, 2013 to the JBC. The JBC is an independent constitutional body mandated to screen aspirants to the Judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman. Santos was Transportation Undersecretary for Operations at the time when Roxas was DOTC Secretary. When Roxas succeeded Jesse Robredo who died following a plane crash off Masbate in August last year, he appointed Santos as DILG Undersecretary. “The Sandiganbayan’s mission is ‘to give life and meaning to the constitutional precept that a public office is a public trust and to impress upon the public offices and employees that they are at all times accountable to the people,’” the LMCP said. “It is a basic precept of judicial ethics that a judge, like Caesar’s wife, must be above suspicion. He must not only be impartial but should also
appear impartial,” the letter said. Pagente said she has nothing against any of the nominees to the Sandiganbayan post. “However, I believe that great care should be taken in the selection of the next Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan to preserve the credibility of the institution,” Pagente added. Aside from Santos, others vying for the post vacated by retired Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francisco Villaruz, Jr. are Court of Appeals Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas, Jr., Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Atty. Jasper Lucero, and Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Efren Dela Cruz, Teresita Diaz-Baldos, Gregory Ong and Alex Quiroz. The JBC will come up with a short list of nominees of at least three names on July 1, 2013 which will be submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III who will make the final decision. (PNA)
to Continue its Legacy in the Years to Come. NIA is primarily responsible for irrigation development and management. It was created under Republic Act (RA) 3601 on 22 June 1963. (Photo by: Exequiel Supera / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO/ PNA)
B R I E F S Gov’t inquiry into sex for flight controversy to be out in July The result of the investigation by the government’s three-man fact-finding committee on the alleged “sex for flight” is set to be out next month. This, was revealed on Tuesday by Atty. Lea Fortuna, head of the Dept. of Labor and Employment committee that was created by Labor and Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to look into the allegations involving officials of the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices abroad. “We will come up with the result of the probe next month,” she said. Fortuna said that they are going to three countries, Kuwait, Riyadh and Jordan, where the alleged controversy happened to start their investigation. “Our first stop is Kuwait, we will be going there on June 29 until July 3, then we will fly to Riyadh, we will be there until July 9. Our last stop will be Jordan from July 9 to July 13. Then we will return back to the country to report to the secretary,” she said. (PNA)
Obama unveils first U.S. national climate action plan U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday afternoon the country’s first national climate action plan, pledging to limit carbon emissions from American power plants. Delivering a speech at Georgetown University, he said Earth is changing in ways that will impact all of humankind. He noted the 12 warmest years in recorded history were all during the last 15 years. “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction,” he said. “As president, father and American, I’m here to say we need to act.” President Obama noted power plants, which account for one-third of all U.S. carbon emissions, “can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free.” “That’s not right... and it needs to stop,” he said. “I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to put an end to limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants.” Mr. Obama described a low-carbon clean energy economy as being an engine of growth for decades to come.
6 THE ECONOMY EDGEDAVAO
1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)
7.1 1st Qtr 2013
2. Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)
7.8 1st Qtr 2013
3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities
USD 3,741 million Feb 2013 USD 4,708 million Feb 2013 USD -967 million Feb 2013 USD -640 million Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 million Feb 2013
8. Interest Rates 4/
2.4 % Mar 2013 P113,609 million Mar 2013 P 5,281 billion Mar 2013
9. National Government Revenues 10. National government outstanding debt 11. Peso per US $ 5/
P 41.14 Apr 2013
12. Stocks Composite Index 6/
6,847.5 Mar 2013
13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100
132.8 Apr 2013
14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100
2.6 Apr 2013
15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100
3.1 Apr 2013
16. Visitor Arrivals
418,108 Feb 2013
17. Underemployment Rate 7/
20.9% Jan 2013
18. Unemployment Rate 7/
7.1% Jan 2013
MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2012-April 2013) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January
42.23 41.01 41.12 41.45 41.75 42.04 41.91 42.78 42.85 42.70 42.86 42.66 43.62
43.31 43.64 43.27 43.45 43.02 42.42 42.81 43.37 43.13 43.24 43.52 43.70 44.17
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SSS confident on impact of AlkanSSSya program A
top official of the Social Security System expressed confidence that the AlkanSSSya program will work to secure the future financial stability even among inmates and tricyle drivers in the program launched in May this year. Emilio de Quiros, Jr., chief executive officer of the SSS said the AlkanSSSya was initially conceptualized for tricycle drivers in Las Piñas City, but it has spread nationwide after it was proven successful in adapting to any informal sector worker regardless of type of industry or location. He lauded three organizations of tricycle drivers and inmates in Davao del Norte who participated in the program namely, the San Isidro Transport Cooperative (SITRASCO) and Pensionado sa Bahay Bakasyonan (PBB) in Tagum City, and Kahit Preso Pensionado (KPP) in Panabo City. “We are happy that more members, especially in southern Philippines, are beginning to experience the benefits of this micro-savings program,” De Quiros said. The AlkanSSSya unit is a metal cabinet with secure mini-compartments where workers can drop their daily SSS savings in their assigned personal slots.
The accumulated amount will be counted and collected by SSS every month to be credited as their monthly SSS contribution. The SITRSCO members deposit their daily savings at the New Tagum Public Market in Gante Road. De Quiros said a total of 29 tricycle operators and drivers, including 13 associates who are non-SITRASCO members but wish to be part of the AlkanSSSya, stand to also benefit from the program. “We launched an AlkanSSSya unit for the use of 73 inmates under KPP in Salvacion, Panabo City and AlkanSSSya unit for 30 inmates of the PBB who are staying at the Davao del Monte Rehabilitation Center in Tagum City,” he said. KPP and PBB, which are both managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, offer livelihood training to inmates to enable them to become productive members of society and earn income even during imprisonment. De Quiros said the SSS Tagum branch will also enter into an AlkanSSSya partnership with the Davao Penal Colony, which houses over 5,000 inmates. He said the inmates engage
FOREX RATES TODAY Buying (in Philippine Peso)
Selling (in Philippine Peso)
New Zealand Dollar
BY THE NUMBERS The projected 2013 population of Davao City is
1,560,439 with males constituting
49.89 percent SOURCE: CPDO
in various cottage industry activities, such as doing beadwork, making bags and rags, and creating ropes out of coco fiber, which provide them steady income. De Quiros noted that inmates at the Davao Penal Farm use their earnings to send their children to school. At present, the AlkanSSSya program has more than 80
partner associations across the country that represent self-employed and informal sector workers ranging from tricycle and trisikad operators and drivers; market vendors; farmers and fisherfolk; garbage pickers; jail inmates; golf course workers and barangay employees and “tanod” from local government units. [PIA 11/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines]
enewable energy (RE) projects in Mindanao awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) have the potential to generate at least 355 megawatts of electricity. But the meticulous permitting process is hampering the construction of additional RE projects that the DOE is addressing by streamlining the procedure, an official said. As of May 2013, the agency awarded 43 hydropower projects to various companies in the different parts of the island, DOE data showed. Mario Marasigan, director of DOE’s Energy Utilization and Management Bureau, said a proponent needs to secure at least 100 signatories to pursue an RE project. “We’re working to drastically shortcut the process,” he told reporters re-
cently in an energy workshop in Manila. Marasigan said that most of the signatories required in pursuing an RE project “are not from the DOE” but from other government agencies, including local government units down to the barangay level. He cited that for a one-megawatt RE project, the “highest number of signatories they monitored reached 139, with just 30 coming from the DOE.” Sources of RE include water, solar, wind and geothermal, to name a few. Until now, Mindanao’s power supply comes mostly from RE through the hydropower plants operated by the state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor), at 52 percent of the supply chart. [Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews]
DOE- approved RE projects could produce 355 MW R
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5:45 5:45 6:00 6:10 7:50 7:50 8:00 9:10 9:40 11:30 12:00 12:55
Manila-Davao-Manila Manila-Davao-Manila Cebu-Davao-Iloilo Manila-Davao-Manila Manila-Davao-Manila Zamboanga-Davao-Zamboanga Cebu-Davao-Cebu Iloilo-Davao-Cebu Manila-Davao-Manila Manila-Davao-Manila Cebu-Davao-Manila Manila-Davao-Manila
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Davao-Singapore Davao-Singapore Davao-Singapore Cebu-Davao-Cebu
18:55 18:55 15:45 15:30
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Warmer world keeps millions of people trapped in poverty
EGULAR food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa.....shifting rain patterns in South Asia leaving some parts under water and others without enough water for power generation, irrigation, or drinking.....degradation and loss of reefs in South East Asia resulting in reduced fish stocks and coastal communities and cities more vulnerable to increasingly violent storms....these are but a few of the likely impacts of a possible global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius1 in the next few decades that threatens to trap millions of people
in poverty, according to a new scientific report released earlier this week by the World Bank Group. Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience builds on a World Bank report released late last year, which concluded the world would warm by 4 degrees Celsius2 (4°C or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century if we did not take concerted action now. This new report looks at the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultur-
THREATENING. Rising global temperatures are increasingly threatening the health and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. [UNEP]
al production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. “This new report outlines an alarming scenario for the days and years ahead - what we could face in our lifetime,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “The scientists tell us that if the world warms by 2°C - warming which may be reached in 20 to 30 years - that will cause widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat-waves, and more intense cyclones. In the near-term, climate
change, which is already unfolding, could batter the slums even more and greatly harm the lives and the hopes of individuals and families who have had little hand in raising the Earth’s temperature.” “These changes forecast for the tropics illustrate the level of hardships that will be inflicted on all regions eventually, it we fail to keep warming under control,” Kim said. “Urgent action is needed to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to help countries prepare for a world of dramatic
climate and weather extremes.” The report, prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, reveals how rising global temperatures are increasingly threatening the health and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations, crucially magnifying problems each region is struggling with today. Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience is an analysis of the latest climate science, as a means
to better understand the risks of climate change to development. Key findings include: • In Sub-Saharan Africa, by the 2030s droughts and heat will leave 40 percent of the land now growing maize unable to support that crop, while rising temperatures could cause major loss of savanna grasslands threatening pastoral livelihoods. By the 2050s, depending on the sub-region, the proportion of the population undernourished is projected to increase by 2590 percent compared to the present. [UNEP]
OST species of birds, amphibians and corals at greatest risk from climate change are not currently considered threatened with extinction and may be left out of conservation actions, according to a study released Monday. Researchers from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported in the U.S. journal Plos One that they examined the findings of more than 100 scientists over the last five years and looked for the biological and ecological characteristics that make species more or less sensitive or adaptable to climate change. Up to 83 percent of birds, 66 percent of amphibians and 70 percent of corals that were identified as “highly vulnerable to the
impacts of climate change are not currently considered threatened with extinction” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They are therefore unlikely to be receiving focused conservation attention, according to the study. “The findings revealed some alarming surprises,” lead author Wendy Foden said in a statement. “We hadn’t expected that so many species and areas that were not previously considered to be of concern would emerge as highly vulnerable to climate change. Clearly, if we simply carry on with conservation as usual, without taking climate change into account, we’ll fail to help many of the species and areas that need it most, “ Foden said. Up to 9 percent of all birds, 15 percent of all am-
phibians and 9 percent of all corals that were found to be highly vulnerable to climate change are already threatened with extinction. These species, which are threatened by unsustainable logging and agricultural expansion, need urgent conservation action in the face of climate change, according to the researchers. The study also presented the first global-scale maps of vulnerability to climate change for the assessed species groups. It showed that the Amazon hosts the highest concentrations of the birds and amphibians that are most vulnerable to climate change, and the Coral Triangle of the central Indo-West Pacific contains the majority of climate change vulnerable corals. [PNA/Xinhua]
Study reveals climate change threatens many ‘safe species’
PHL must brace for worsening global warming- - World Bank M A
new report raised urgency for further mainstreaming climate change into government’s planning and budgeting process so archipelagic Philippines -- the world’s third most vulnerable to weather extremes, sea level rise and temperature increase -- can better build its resilience amidst projections climate-altering global warming will worsen in forthcoming decades. Released yesterday in Metro Manila, the report ‘Getting a Grip on Climate Change in the Philippines’ urged action to address gaps that derail such mainstreaming bid
as experts reported the previously projected 2°C rise in global temperature might even reach 4°C by 2060, jeopardizing socio-economic development worldwide. “By acting now, however, he Philippines can avoid substantial humanitarian and economic costs,” World Bank sector leader for environment Christophe Crepin said during the report’s launch. He noted government already gained headway by instituting various climate change-addressing strategies including the 26 percent annual increase in budgetary allotment for related ini-
tiatives since 2008, outpacing the national budget’s six percent growth. Government can build on such gain by carrying out and improving core public initiatives for climate change, setting complementary policy and institutional reforms as well as promoting more efficient resource use, he noted. “A lot has been done already but more needs to be done,” he said. The report covers results of the Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review which WB, Climate Change Commission and the budget department conducted earlier. [PNA]
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CAAP’s ‘dedma’ unhealthy
HE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has suspended the two pilots of the Cebu Pacific plane which overshot the runway of the Davao International Airport last June 2. CAAP’s decision was based on data provided by the plane’s flight recorder which was examined in Singapore. CAAP said the CebPac pilots violated standard operating procedures and and also failed to evacuate the 165 passengers within the required 90 seconds, thus exposing them to further danger. CebPac management immediately issued a press statement that it would comply with all the CAAP’s suggested changes. Capt. Antonio Oropesa, the pilot, was suspended for six months while First officer Edwin Perillo, the copilot, was meted a three-month suspension. CAAP deputy director general John Andrews
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People’s harsh reaction
RAWBACKS OTHER THAN ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN ALSO HURT GOVERNANCE – Some private economists and financial experts think that the country’s economy is vulnerable to weakness. Given the peso’s devaluation the past weeks, exports are little changed in US dollar, while falling imports demonstrate weak domestic demand. On the other hand, the stock market index slid several notches to 5,800 from the previous high surpassing the 7,000 level. The turnaround is disconcerting and may deliver a blow to the country’s economic growth. The present economic mood isn’t helped by more negative news about how the Aquino administration is running the affairs of government. Political watchers debated continuously whether the PNoy leadership is still on track. Despite bold predictions of economists about a rebound of the economy, new problems reportedly continue to brew, and President Aquino is under pressure. Not surprisingly, recent surveys show his popularity rating has plateaued and might be on the decline. The nasty and bitter side comments of critics and political adversaries are accompanied by a summary of the country’s current state of affairs. Unemployment rate rises at accelerating pace, shortages of some basic commodities have led to rising prices, long queues at stores and vocal public protests. Furthermore, people had for weeks been resigned to the fact that higher fuel prices have hurt tremendously. In fact, detractors continue, the country’s socio-economic condition still looks good – only on the surface. And there are other drawbacks: crime seems to be increasing despite claims by law officials to the contrary; in many
instances, some rogue policemen along with equally scalawag military personnel are behind sensational cases of kidnapping, bank robbery and murder. The illegal drug trade likewise continues unabated and deeply rooted in society. PNoy’s problems don’t end there. The perception was that his leadership miserably failed to offer solutions and look for alternatives to solve the problem of power blackouts, the same problem that dogged the past administration of her late mother Corazon Aquino. Of course, even the punishing to death of some OFWs working in the Middle East for major criminal offenses and of the hundreds more languishing in jail for various infractions of the law renewed perceptions that the Aquino dispensation has not been doing enough to protect the welfare of some 4.5 million Filipinos working overseas. No one, of course, said being the nation’s president would be easy – though PNoy has at times allegedly made it look so. Now the big question is: where is the track leading? Harsh political detractors and faultfinders also warned the present dispensation is irresolute indicating that political, social and economic growths are fast diminishing. President Aquino, however, remains undeterred by the dire predictions and warnings. In the midst of perceived socio-economic imbalances, government economic think-tanks and fund man-
agers, and private economists continued to be optimistic and predict the country’s economic growth rate will not plunge down to its lowest level. They noted that although an economic slowdown is expected but not as bad as being pictured by some quarters, the trade numbers recently have been encouraging, adding further that if there are bright economic spots in the country, then the business sector is in a position to exploit them to its full advantage. Providing a rundown, government economists emphasized that inflation is under control and government deficit has been wiped out even with a lower exchange rate. Exports likewise are relatively reliable despite some glitches and the economy is being opened up, providing a stronger foundation for competition. But other economists are pessimistic still. For one, they lament the rudderless drift government has been in since PNoy assumed power in 2010. While political experts may continuously argue about the country’s current state of affairs, people on the other hand, always have high expectations of the present man at bat. PNoy’s strong supporters and loyal sympathizers say that if he stays on the course he chartered in 2010, his topmost accomplishment would be the uplifting of the social and economic condition of the masses and the Filipino nation. In the eyes of his believers, President Aquino has already shown he can work political mystic. But between now and 2016, PNoy may need to crack the whip if need be and exert a lot more of wizardly – leadership character, managerial and administrative prowess to confront head-on the challenges ahead.
As the grassroots heat up, tend to your barangay!
ith barangay elections scheduled on October 28 this year, there’s a stirring at the grassroots now. Parties, politicos, and their operatives are prowling the neighborhoods for candidate material. New groups are being formed, old alignments regrouped, campaigns being planned, while alliances are being forged. As campaign talk heats up, even the youth are awakening, especially those in power, have tasted power (as SK chairman or kagawad), or awaiting their turn as surrogates of entrenched officials and political dynasties. All this is happening in political circles—at the level that now constitutes the “political class” in every community: people already in politics as officeholder, as candidate, as patron, as supporter or contributor, as campaign operative. They know the privileges and entitlements that go with being in politics, how profitable it is, how
(1st of two parts) sweet it is, and how much more they want from it. Middle and Upper Class Unconcern This stirring however has not touched the barangay as a whole. If at all, only the bottom half of the community usually perks up at this point—or later as election draws near. That’s when electioneering gains high intensity and momentum as patronage and money begin to flow and trigger frenzied rivalry. But the upper half—the barangay’s middle and upper classes—will remain unconcerned about what the local leaders and candidates are up to. With few exceptions, they aren’t even concerned about how the barangay’s candidates are selected, let alone what their qualifications or motives are.
And that’s how opportunities for mischief and mayhem arise. The educated circles, the leading citizens, aren’t concerned, with no one interested enough to pay attention. This unconcern among the elite is what enables the traditional grassroots leadership (traditional politicians or trapos) to dominate and control politics in the barangay—and by extension, the nation’s. Elite unconcern is a major cause of 1) the rise of political dynasties on all levels; 2) bad governance throughout the bureaucracy; and 3) the spread of corruption from the grassroots up. Contrary to general impression, corruption does not trickle down; it spirals up from the community and spreads vertically and horizontally, infecting the body politic. Barangays are like the tiny cells of a human body. All it takes to weaken the body politic is to let one barangay be infected and neglect it or leave it untreated.
A humble pope in an august office COMMENTARY
BY JOHN LLOYD
(1st of two parts)
he most potent symbol to date of Pope Francis’ five-month papacy is an empty chair. The chair — a large white throne — was to seat His Holiness in the Vatican this past Saturday. The pope was scheduled to hear a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony, a long-planned event. But minutes before the performance Archbishop Rino Fisichella told the audience that “the Holy Father cannot be present because of an urgent piece of work which cannot be postponed.” Later, it was reported that Francis had privately dismissed the event with a brusque, “I’m not a Renaissance Prince who listens to music instead of working.” Regardless of whether the quote is apocryphal, the comment expresses well the man’s style. He has declared an end to the Papal Gentlemen, an office which, reformed under Pope Paul VI (196378), became an institution whose often aristocratic members officiated at public ceremonies, with their main duty being to meet and greet distinguished visitors. Reports quote the pope’s belief that they were “archaic, useless, even damaging.” That last may refer to a sex scandal allegedly involving Angelo Balducci, a “Gentleman” who is claimed to have been soliciting male lovers through connections in the Vatican. This, in turn, may be part of the reason why Francis — again, in private — lamented the presence of a “gay mafia” in high places. He recently prevailed on the French ambassador to Rome, Alain LeRoy, to greatly simplify a dinner for the Italian members of the Legion d’Honneur. Each guest had a papal note by his plate warning that “food wasted is food stolen from the poor.” He has told his bishops not to act like princes; lives in the Vatican hotel, not in the magnificent papal suite; and has repeatedly spoken of living life “as a gift, not as a treasure to be kept to ourselves.” There’s substance as well as style here — substance based on a calculation. In the early years of last century, Europe’s Catholics — living in a relatively wealthy part of the world, even if many were poor — accounted for 65 percent of the world’s 300 million. Today, Europe has 24 percent of the 1.1 billion worldwide Catholics — with Latin America, the Asia Pacific region and especially sub-Saharan Africa showing rapid growth. Poverty is an often tangible part of everyday Catholic life; a fact that Francis believes contradicts the luxury of cardinals’ and archbishops’ palaces and the concentrated magnificence of the Vatican. He has been a harsher critic than his immediate predecessors of the sins of capitalism: Commenting on the collapse of the Bangladeshi sweatshop in May, where some 400 workers died, he said that “not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!” Receiving new ambassadors to the Holy See in May, he warned against “a return to the golden calf” and “the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”
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Peñas to take oath June 29 By EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ email@example.com
EELECTED Digos City Mayor Joseph Peñas will take his oath of office on June 29, even as
his constituents hope he would do something to improve the city’s infrastructure and lure new investments to
COAL TALK. Dr. Jean Lindo announces the celebration of global day of action against coal which opposes construction of coal-powered plants
create more jobs. Peñas chose June 29, the feast of St Peter, the head and the first pope of the Catholic
around the world slated tomorrow at the Freedom Park during yesterday’s Club 888 at the Marco Polo Davao. Lean Daval Jr.
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TEAM DAVAO She called on Davao leaders and government agency officials in the region as the integral members of “Team Davao” and emphasized the importance of working as one team to reduce poverty, to revitalize and make industries globally competitive, and provide more opportunities for employment in order to achieve growth. “Growth that we seek, growth that is inclusive, growth that
benefits all Dabawenyos,” she said. She also cited the region’s rebound as the top economy among the six Mindanao regions in 2011 in terms of value and the steady 95 percent employment rates in 2011 and 2012. The RDC also pushed for the creation of the Davao Regional State University System (DRSUS), the adoption of the enhanced K to 12 Basic Education Program, approval of the Regional Technical
Education and Skills Development Plan (RTESDP) 2011-2016, and the mainstreaming of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation during the 3-year period. The Council also pushed for the passage of The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population Development Act of 2011 or the controversial RH Law (RA 10354) which was passed into law in December 2012.
health of the residents living close to the CFPP sites will be at great risk. She added that there is basis to this claim, since there are reports from developed countries that CFPP caused negative effects to residents living close to it. Mayor Sara cited the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulation Commission (ERC), National Power Corporation (NPC), NEDA B o a rd - I n f ra s t r u c t u re Committee, and other concerned entities for responding to the rec-
ommendations of the Regional Development C o m m i t te e - M i n d a n a o (RDCom-Mindanao) to address the inadequate and unstable power supply in Mindanao. The Pulangui IV and the Agus VI Hydro-Electric Power Plants, and the Iligan Diesel Power Plant were developed to reach optimal power generating capacity. RDCom-Mindanao also proposed the establishment of a one-stop shop for the processing and approval of applications for mining hydro-
electric power development. The Interim Mindanao Electricity Model (IMEM) will soon be operational to maximize the use of imbedded power generating plants in Mindanao, the Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection Project is being updated to let Mindanao get easier access to surplus power from Visayas, and the amendment of the provisions of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act is being currently discussed by the Joint Congressional Power Committee.
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Church, to dramatize his new mandate to aggressively work for new investments in the city that would create
eradicate poverty and unemployment after achieving a high economy growth rate. “I believe that it would take 10 to even 15 years for sustained high growth rate to improve the conditions of our countrymen,” Cruz said, adding that it is hoped that the National Industry Cluster Enhancement Project (NICCEP) off the Department of Trade and Industry, assisted by the Japanese International Cooperation Industry (JICA), could hasten bringing out such a desirable situation. Senator-elect Villar, who was the only politician invited to speak in the conference, thought continuous high growth of five years would spell the difference for country’s poor and jobless. However, Mrs. Villar said there is a need to further strengthen the country’s economic fundamentals and not solely rely on the growth of the stock market which is temporary.
more jobs and other opportunities for the people of Digos City. “It is to work and double our efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for our people”, Penas told Edge Davao as he thanked the people of Digos City for their trust and confidence in him. Peñas won over Governor Douglas Ra. Cagas with a margin of more than 6,000 votes in the last elections. The fresh mandate, Penas said, was simply aan affirmation that the people of Digos trust his leadership and they hope for more from him. Before he takes his oath of office today, Mayor Peñas and the rest of his followers will attend the celebration of Holy Mass at the Mary Mediatrix of All Graces Cathedral in Digos City at 8:30 this morning. A lawyer and a cer-
tified accountant by profession, Peñas took his academic training in college at the Catholic school Cor Jesu College owned and managed by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart where he learned to value the Holy Eucharist. Peñas started his political career during the time of the late Mayor Jun Llanos. He was a member of the Kabataang Barangay and there was no stopping his rise to different elective positions in Digos City and province of Davao del Sur. “I look up ro the leadership of the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo and I hope that with God’s guidance I will be able to serve the people of Digos well,” he said. Penas received the Good Housekeeping Award for good governance from the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo.
Mrs Villar said it is important that we move the economic activities to places where the poor are, especially in the rural areas, which is meant by inclusive growth. The senator-elect, who is noted for being behind livelihood projects nationwide, told reporters of that the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank said that “the country needs to focus on agriculture since two-thirds of our people are in agriculture.” “If we want to help majority of our people, then we go to the sector of the economy where they are there,” Villar said. She urged the country to go into manufacturing in order to generate more jobs, adding that without jobs to be generated, poverty cannot be solved. Cruz said that all industries must continue to talk to coordinate moves and solve problems together. An example of the good effects of clustering is what happened
when the banana exports industry encountered a problem in the China market. She said the banana chips manufacturers and exporters agreed to continue buying bananas and stocking them in their warehouses while waiting for the market to improve, on condition that the banana planters will not demand for higher prices. In this case, industry clustering worked very well, Cruz said. Through clustering, everybody can protect each other’s interest and ensure that the stakeholders- the farmers and producers –can enjoy the value added instead of being shortchanged, Cruz bared, saying that industry clusters must be able to self-govern and protect themselves. Ms Villar government should be able to capacitate farmers to process their products so that they will be able to enjoy added value, extend the shelf-life of their products and not be at the mercy of middlemen.
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Banana company employs about 5,000 Pablo victims
BOUT 5,000 Typhoon Pablo victims in Compostela Valley have sought work from SUMIFRU Phils. Corp. as the banana company came back to operate after the typhoon. Governor Arturo T. Uy is very much grateful to them for they fulfilled their promise to continue operating in ComVal despite of their heavy losses in the banana industry due to typhoon Pablo. Indigenous People’s Sectoral Representative Augusto Blanco, Jr. recalled that on December 22, 2012, the SUMIFRU President, Mr. Paul Cuyegkeng together with their former Country Manager, Mr. Noel Venus came to visit the province
and handed to Governor Uy their P1.0 Million worth of check donation for the typhoon victims, along with the promise to continue investing in the province despite of what their company went through because of the typhoon. SP Member Blanco also shared that in Compostela town alone, SUMIFRU has about 2,500 hectares of banana plantation which accommodated thousands of family heads of the typhoon victims to work. He further informed that SUMIFRU has been active in extending interventions to the province particularly in delivering safe and potable water to the evacuees. [Grace Almedilla/Gilbert M. Cabahug, IDS-Comval]
“Bayanihan” is still being practiced in some Davao City communities as displayed by these fishermen who are seen lifting a neighbor’s motorized boat, in Brgy. Lasang yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.
DSWD-CSO caravan slated D
esigned to encourage and increase the number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) participating as partners in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a Regional CSO Caravan at the Royal Mandaya Hotel tomorrow, June 27, 2013. DSWD believes that opening spaces and institutionalizing mechanisms for CSO involvement in promoting transparency and accountability is a significant step in enhancing sustaining implementation and monitoring the Pantawid Pam-
ilyang Pilipino Program. These partnerships will pave the way for a mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology, and resource augmentation for the partners in any area the CSOs may choose in line with their mandate and capacity. “The continuing pursuits for new partners through the conduct of CSO Caravan in the region is seen as a key step to explore and initiate critical partnership with different organizations both from civil society and the private sector,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon. The said activity will include a gallery walk with panels that exhib-
it a background on the Pantawid Pamilya program, the different areas of engagement patterned from the Bantay, Gabay, Tulay, at Kaagapay framework. The activity will also include a two-hour program with presentations on the Pantawid Pamilya, its partnership framework, its points of intervention for CSO partner, brief background on the various types of engagements, as well as a commitment ritual to conclude the orientation caravan. The DSWD with its mandate to provide leadership in social welfare and development, recognizes the vital role of Civil Society Organizations
(CSOs), which includes but is not limited to, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples organizations, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development. CSOs are partners of government in addressing the needs of the disadvantaged poor household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, through continuing collaboration and complementation of resources and services. [DSWD/ Sheryll Jane B. Sanico]
HE Hedcor, Sibulan, Inc. has renewed its support to the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) in reaching out to countryside folks longing for an electrification in their barangays. Hedcor officials signed last June 24 a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DASURECO officers, concurring to another partnership in building power lines to far-flung communities in the province that have no access to electricity. The MOA stipulated a P2 million-worth of assis-
tance from Hedcor which would use the amount to purchase house wiring and service dropping materials that would be turned over to DASURECO for implementation. The assistance forms part of the P3 million yearly commitment of Hedcor to DASURECO’s electrification efforts in remote barangays, stated Hedcor vice-president for Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao. Pacquiao bared that the P1 million was already given in cash to DASURECO early this year. He said this partner-
ship with the electric cooperative started in 2011 as part of Hedcor’s obligations for operating the 42.5-megawatt run-ofriver Sibulan hydropower plants in the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. DASURECO general manager Engr. Godofredo Guya was thankful to Hedcor for continuously supporting the cooperative’s line expansion project intended for households who did not qualify for President Aquino’s Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) and Barangay Line En-
hancement Program (BLEP). Guya said the P2 million assistance would benefit about 60 households from Digos City and the 14 municipalities in the province, who would be provided with free house wiring materials. Aside from Hedcor, the DASURECO official bared that the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has also considered providing aid to the electric cooperative to help another 60 households. [PIA 11/ Carina L. Cayon]
Hedcor backs electrification in remote barangays T
New physiotherapy clinic for amputees at DPRC
ATIENTS of Davao Jubilee Foundation, including those with physical disabilities resulting from armed violence, are benefiting from a newly built physiotherapy clinic. DJF’s fully equipped physiotherapy clinic, the construction of which was supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was inaugurated yesterday. The new facility has individual treatment rooms and gait training area for patients who need to undergo post-prosthetic exercise or to recover from nervous system injuries. It can accommodate about 30 patients availing of physical therapy every month. “The new facility will help patients to confidently recover and function to their full potential, so they can regain their independence and dignity,” said Catherine Fry, ICRC health delegate in Mindanao. She added that the physiotherapy clinic will strengthen the capability of the physical rehabilitation center. DJF is a non-profit organization that provides physical rehabilitation services to amputees and other people with disabilities. It mainly caters to people from Mindanao, a region affected by conflict and insecurity. The ICRC has been referring war-wounded patients to the foundation since 2000.
Last year, the ICRC supported the upgrade of DJF’s workshop as it shifted to polypropylene technology, which produces prosthetic and orthotic devices more quickly and that are more durable and easier to maintain. In 2011, a gait training area where patients could practice using their new prostheses was built with ICRC assistance. In the first quarter of 2013, more than 160 patients received services in this center while 41 polypropylene prostheses have been delivered to the amputees. One of the technicians is studying in a recognized school of prosthesis in Cambodia with a full sponsorship from the ICRC. The ICRC is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization that assists and protects victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. This year, it continues its assistance to weapon-wounded persons by prepositioning medical materials in 17 hospitals in conflict-prone areas of Mindanao. The organization also covers the medical costs of some vulnerable/indigent patients injured due to armed violence. The ICRC also works with jail authorities to improve the delivery of health care services within detention facilities and strengthen the links with referral civilian health facilities.
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ICTSI PRO-AM. Jose Francisco Llamas (left) with the winners in the recent ICTSI Pro-Am at the Rancho Palos Verdes, Jaime Tan Jr., Zanieboy Gialon (pro), Andy Ugdoracion, Mayong Pillerin and Julien Domingo. Boy Lim
HE barnstorming missionary basketball team Champions For Christ bannered by two seven-foot collegiate players will play a two-day exhibition game against Matina Enclaves-CMO. The CFC, composed of collegiate players from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), recently played and beat Global Port of the PBA and the MP Pacman Warriors of Sarangani Province. The Matina Enclaves-City Mayor’s Office basketball team, formerly Royal Mandaya Hotel, will test the mettle of the bible-preaching cagers on July 1 and 3 at 7 p.m. at the Davao City Recreation Center. There will be a preliminary game at 5 p.m. The games will be free to the public. “This is a pasasalamat (thanksgiving) of Mayor-elect Rody Duterte to the Dabawenyos for their support in the recent elections,” said Escandor Group Basketball Oper-
ations Executive Officer Jek-Jek Melendez at the SCOOP of the Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday. The Matina Enclaves-CMO team is owned by basketball patron Glenn Escandor with Mayor-elect Rody Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher “Bong” Go as the team manager. Also present at the weekly public service sports program sponsored by The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Genesis 88, Beefit Gym and Aerobics, Mulatto Outdoor and Dexter’s Pizza at The Stadium was head coach Miggy Solitaria. The Matina Enclaves will be powered by PBA standouts John Ferriols (6’4), Eddie Laure (6’4), Niño Gelig (6’3) and 5-11 pointguard Benedict Fernandez who were with Alaska Milk in the PBA. Also with the Enclaves are power-forward Jervy Cruz (6’4) of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, expros Mark Andaya (6’8) and Edward “Poch” Juinio (6’4), and Davao-based players Von Bulac and JR Atablanco.
B R I E F S
SKC awards in DSA Forum at Calle Cinco THE annual So Kim Cheng Sports Awards 2013 is the main topic in this week’s edition of the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum set at 10:30 a.m. today at Calle Cinco Restobar along J.P. Laurel Avenue. Davao City Sports Council, Inc. (DCSCI) president Ben Sur and vice president Joaquin “Boy” Sarabia are guests. They will discuss the new guidelines of nominating outstanding athletes to the SKC Sports Awards screening committee and bare partial list of nominees of different local NSAs (national sports associations). Joining them are Dr. Malou Lacanilao and Jek-Jek Melendres. Lacanilao will promote the Pisay Run slated July 7 while Melendres will brief DSA members on an upcoming basketball tournament.
Carlos reigns in MotoROC Davao leg D
URRAINE Dan Carlos of Davao City reigned supreme in the recent 2013 National Motorcycle Race of Champions (MotoROC) at the Victoria Plaza Grounds over the weekend. Official results from the organizing Two Wheel Enthusiasts Network (TEN), publisher of Power Wheels and Motorcycle Magazine, had Carlos emerging as the top racer in the 125 Super Stock, AT 160 Novice, and 115 Super Stock Novice. He will
advance to the National Finals on September 21 in Manila. Also emerging as top riders are April King Mascardo in the 115 Open Novice/Expert, Vingie Coloma in the Open 4-stroke Novice/Expert, Jay R Daguio in the AT 160 Novice/Expert class. “These guys are pretty impressive. They can race with the best in the country. We’re excited to see them race in Manila,” said Shawie Dizon, vice president of TEN.
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Sushi Bar & Veggie Haus by Winward WHEN we were young, we were told to eat vegetables one way or another. Be it fried, grilled, camouflaged in meaty dishes or raw, we should always include vegetables in our meals. Like any other, I opt to ignore those green leaves and yellowish sprouts like a disease. As long as I was eating french fries, I believed, I am on the right track. As years and fine lines made their way into our lives, we have learned to accept the importance of vegetables. The more we age, the more we crave for a healthier and mightier lifestyle that could help us withstand the demands of everyday living. Too late the hero might best describe how we are with vegetables. Well, not
all but for some, yes. Nonetheless, it still is never too late to start eating healthy. Sushi Bar and Veggie Haus by Winward makes its way into the hearts and souls of the people of Davao and its neighboring
places. Upholding years of serving delectably superb Asian dishes, it now offers a wide variety of freshly and intricately prepared Sushi and vegetables dishes that are ‘to die for’. From the infamous California Maki to their version of Tofu Burger Bites with Spinach and Teriyaki sauce, you will surely love their extensive selection of gastronomical indulgences in every bite. Not to mention, getting your finger’s drenched in sauce! Being the pioneer in middle-end vegetarian restaurants in the whole metro, your palate will surely thank you for not only eating healthy but more so, creating an ex-
Assorted Sushi & Sashimi at Sushi Bar & Veggie Haus by Winward.
FSUSHI BAR, A2 Taking a big bite off their Tofu Burger. Deep Fried Tofu.
A2 INdulge! UP AND ABOUT
Dionne Warwick and Tavares live in Davao!
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Sushi Bar.. FFROM A1
GRAMMY Winning Music Legend and International Music Icon Dionne Warwick and the top Rn’B group of the 1970’s Tavares, perform their countless mega hits live this July 21, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center. Bring back the good times with songs like “Walk On By”, “A House is Not a Home”, “I Say a Little Prayer”, “That’s What Friends Are For” and more. For more information and ticket reservations, call 09326376185 or 09177007088. Dionne Warwick and Tavares Live in Davao is a production of Ovation Productions.
Cookies treats at the Marco Polo Davao Lobby Lounge LOVE cookies? We at the Marco Polo Davao do too! Try an assortment of Premium Cookies available for take out at the Lobby Lounge. Taste our Chewy Choco, Red Velvet, Butter, Dried Mango and Durian Cookies which are also a great gift or souvenir treat. Prices range from Php68++ to Php141++ per pack of 10 to 12 pieces. For reservations and inquiries please call 221-0888 loc 7608.
Come & Gadget Summer Promo on at the SM Store WE know you love gadgets. Every Php1,500 worth of single receipt purchase by an SM Advantage Card holder from the Men’s and Boys Teens’ Wear from April 1 to June 30, 2013 gets a chance to win your mostloved Apple gadget this summer! Prizes include one 27-inch iMac, 1 MacBook Pro, 5 iPhone 5, 5 iPad minis, 5 iPads and 4 iPod nanos. So hurry to your nearest SM Store now. The Come & Gadget Summer promo by SM Mens Fashion is exclusive to all SM Advantage Card holders.
Family and friends during the soft opening last May27.
plosion of flavors in your mouth. Imagine taking a bite off their hot and uber-crunchy ebi tempura dipped in their oriental mild sauce after a tiring day or cooling off with their freshly squeezed no sugar and no ice fruit shakes. I know, right! If teriyaki is your thing, then this place has it all. From chicken to squid to beef and vegetables, you will surely end up ordering for seconds in a heartbeat. Their sushi is as fresh as the sea. Not to mention their eye appealing and orgasmic to the senses presentation, you will surely have a grand time munching on their sushi selections. Oh and don’t forget the wasabi! More so, they are the first to offer a ‘menu in a tab’. Yes, you read that right. Their menu is not on paper or glossies. Instead, they will give you an android tablet wherein you can browse and choose your cravings. The evolu-
tion of fine dining at its best! The place itself is a site to see. Pleasingly decorated, the interior transports you to Japan – literally – sans the immigration. Surrounded by tress of cherry blossoms and lanterns, you will surely have a memorable time when dining with your family and friends. Visit Sushi Bar & Veggie Haus by Winward and satisfy your cravings one sushi at a time. Open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, you will surely have no reason to skip being healthy. Like their Facebook fan page (https://www.face-
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Chicken Teriyaki at Sushi Bar & Veggie Haus by Winward.
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Beef Teriyaki at Sushi Bar & Veggie Haus by Winward.
TECH-SAVVY TEENS END SUMMER VACATION AS GRADUATES OF GLOBE TELECOM JUNIOR MOBILE WIZARD PROGRAM. Some tech-savvy teenagers ended their summer vacation this year as graduates of Globe Telecom’s Junior Mobile Wizard program, a six-week summer activity that allowed them to assist in selected Globe concept stores in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. Under the program, the high school students were tasked to demonstrate and discuss the latest gadgets and mobile data services, as well as other Globe offers and services. It provided them an opportunity to learn outside of a campus setting as they interact with customers and gain experience working inside a Globe store. Shown in photo, posing with the teens at their graduation rites, are Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, (seventh from right), Globe Human Resource Head Renato Jiao (second from right) and Joseph Caliro (utmost left), Globe Retail Transformation and Management Head.
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Alisto exposes modi operandi of local street criminals this Thursday DAY in and day out, commuters are threatened by fearless outlaws who are always on the lookout for vulnerable targets. This Thursday, GMA-7’s Alisto takes a look into the different modi operandi mounted by local street criminals. In some videos uploaded online, concerned passengers were able to document the machinations of sly criminals aboard public utility vehicles—witness how bus thieves steal from passengers, and find out how cab riders become perfect targets for robbers. This week’s episode additionally shows peeping toms and sexual offenders harassing female commuters.
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tricycle, and a motorcycle took the lives of two passengers in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. How did this horrifying accident happen and how could it have been avoided? Hosted by Arnold Clavio, Alisto airs this Thursday night after Saksi on GMA-7.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (R-16)
MAN OF STEEL
Also featured this Thursday are the strategic activities of local street gangs dubbed as “Pitas-Hikaw” and “Dura-Dura.” What are these gangs and how do they carry out their criminal activities? Meanwhile, a fatal road pile-up linking two buses, two jeepneys, a
FOUR SISTERS AND A WEDDING
WORLD WAR Z
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MAN OF STEEL 3D (PG-13)
Nude Kate Moss goes brunette for Versace ads KATE Moss knows how to do nude! Hot off the heels of stripping for St. Tropez, the 39-year-old star ditched her clothes yet again for another attention-grabbing ad. This time around, the Brit babe is posing in the buff for Versace’s fall campaign, with nothing but a few strategically placed handbags covering up her lady parts. Since Moss is no stranger to flaunting her fab figure—she’s even rumored to have an upcoming Playboy cover—we were more surprised by the supermodel’s new brunette ‘do. But seeing as we just spotted her with
her trademark blond locks at a wedding over the weekend, we’re guessing the color change was merely a temporary transformation
for the campaign. But whether dark or fairhaired—clothed of nude— we think Kate looks gorgeous!
Kate Middleton’s reported due date could be off by 10 days KATE Middleton may already be following in Princess Diana’s footsteps when it comes to the birth of her first child. While it’s been announced that Prince William’s wife will have their baby in the same hospital where he was born 31 years ago, there is now speculation that the royals purposely let the wrong due date be reported in order to keep the press at bay as the time approaches—just as Diana did with William! At the moment, the given due date window is July 13-14. But according to London’s Telegraph, the royal baby may actually be due 10 days earlier. Meaning, the wee prince or princess could be arriving in eight days! Huzzah! Diana told the press back in 1982 that William was supposed to be born on her birthday, July 1. He popped out 10 days beforehand, however, on June 21. Kate told reporters in Glasgow about her due date back in April, “It’s around mid-July, but babies have their own agenda.” As might expectant parents who want to hold off the press for as long as it’s humanly possible.
FOUR SISTERS & A WEDDING 2D Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee
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MONSTER UNIVERSITY 2D Billy Crystal, John Goodman GP
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WORLD WAR Z 2D Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos PG-13
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R-16 MAN OF STEEL 2D Henry Cavill, Amy Adams PG 13
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A4 INdulge! FOOD
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A quickfire trip around the globe I
T has been a while since I was able to stretch my travel legs and I blame it on work with 24-hour deadlines which should have been given a week or two before, but since I do work in convenience store style efficiency I still get things done.
Of course the stresses involved can pile up and just when I was about to snap, I receive a call from Park Inn’s Meghan Sta. Ines inviting me over for lunch to try out their new Quickfire weekday lunch buffet at the hotel’s RBG Restaurant. Needing that break from the daily grind, I gladly accepted the invitation. I arrived at Park Inn with an empty stomach, wanting to fully maximise my lunch. Meg explained
Davao seafood pasta with fresh home-made pasta and dried tomatoes. that the Quickfire lunch buffet at RBG was designed as a gastronomical tour of some of the globe’s most exciting destinations. Meaning each day at RBG takes one to a new themed lunch buffet that is quick and perfect for busy professionals and urbanites. Monday buffets feature flavours of the Orient while Tuesdays go All-American with stuffed sausages and burgers. Wednesday is Italian day
Chef Ric serving his Lechon Chicharon.
with fresh pasta and seafood while the rest of the Mediterranean is featured on Thursdays. Local pride take centre stage on Fridays with kare-kare and RBG’s decadent lechon chicharon. Aside from these, the appetisers, wide grill choices, delicious desserts and unlimited iced tea are all part of the buffet as well. Having lunch on a Friday, I figured we will be having local Pinoy fare but
Sinfully decadent Lechon Chicharon.
executive chef Ric Lotera confided that we will be sampling the highlight dishes from ALL five days. Lucky me! My personal favourites from the highlighted dishes would be the beautiful Davao seafood pasta with fresh hand-made pasta that was filled with lots of chunky seafood like prawns and scallops as well as home-made sundried tomatoes. Another favourite (if you follow me on my Instaragm or Twitter feed) would be the decadent artery-choking but oh-so good lechon chicharon which had the juiciness and flavours of a lechon but with the cracky skin of chicharon, sinful indeed! With this much good food on my plate all the stress was gone and my travel bug was quelled, for the moment. RBG’s Quickfire themed lunch buffet is available from Monday to Friday for only P595 net per person. I do suggest that big groups call for reservations for the group to enjoy a beautiful chef’s table set-up. For reservations you may call the Park Inn by Radisson Davao at 2727608. Follow me on Instagram or on Twitter @kennethkingong for more foodie finds, travel tips and happenings in, around, and beyond Durianburg.
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Pisay Silver Fun Run on July 7
THE PROS TAKE OVER. Rufino Bayron of Davao (left) and Zanieboy Gialon (right) will banner the challenge in the ongoing ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour at Rancho Palos Verdes in Cabantian. Boy Lim
HE Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus Foundation Inc. is staging the Pisay Silver Fun Run 2013, dubbed as “Takbo! Isko! Takbo!”on July 7 at 4 a.m. at the People’s Park. “This is the kick-off activity of the week-long 25th founding anniversary,” said Bert Ramos last Tuesday at the weekly SCOOP at The Royal Mandaya Hotel sponsored by TRMH, Genesis 88, Beefit Gym and Aerobics, Mulatto Outdoor and the Dexter’s Pizza at The Stadium. The theme is “Pisay – SMC: 25 Years of an Engaging Journey”. Proceeds of the fun run will benefit many kids currently enrolled at PSHS-SMC, who are in need of support to maximize their potential through the Golden Hearts Club of the Foundation. “Our “Thinking Minds” helps teams of gifted scholars along with their coach-
es when they participate in local, national and international competitions,” Ramos said. He said that their “Davao-based teams continue to bring honor to our city by placing in national and international events.” “Scholars deserve the best teachers, who need incentives and continuous education to maintain the high standards of education at Pisay. They too, will benefit from this much-needed fund raising event through our “Faculty Development” arm,” said Ramos, who is also a faculty member of the University of Southeastern Philippines. The categories are 3K, 5K and 10K while the registration fees are P350 for 3K and 5K and P450 for 10K. The route is from People’s Park, to Quirino Avenue, to F. Torres St., to J.P. Laurel Ave. (Bajada), and back to People’s Park.
Robson upsets Kirilenko L
ONDON (AP) -- Laura Robson became the first British woman to defeat a top-10 player at the All England Club in 15 years when she beat 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Robson followed in the footsteps of Sam Smith, who upset No. 7 Conchita Martinez in 1998. Robson, a former junior champion at Wimbledon, entered Court 1
DOWN BUT NOT OUT. Caroline Wozniacki (right) falls down but still went on to win in the first round. Top, British pride Laura Robson revived hopes of the homecrowd at Wimbledon.
with a lot of pressure on her shoulders after seven British players had lost their first-round matches. But her victory created a huge buzz on social networks, with even Britain’s Prime minister David Cameron taking to Twitter to comment on Robson’s win, her third over a top-10 player in Grand Slam. ‘’Great to hear (at)LauraRobson5 beat the number 10 seed Maria Kirilenko at (hashtag)Wimbledon,’’ Cameron wrote. A couple of hours later, her com-
patriot Tara Moore lost 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to Kaia Kanepi to leave Robson and Andy Murray as the only remaining Britons in singles. Amid stinging criticism from the local media, Robson jumped to the defense of her fellow players when asked what was wrong with women’s tennis in Britain. ‘’Nothing,’’ she said. ‘’I think everyone had tough matches. Before this week, everyone was playing really well. So it’s unfortunate that no one else made the second round. But that happens sometimes. Last year I lost in the first round. So, you go through stages of ups and downs like everyone else.’’ Al-
though Kirilenko did not make a single unforced error in the first set, the 38thranked Robson got off to a strong start, using her big serve to keep her opponent at bay. She then had to overcome a bout of nervousness at 4-1 in the second set, when she dropped her serve for the first time following a string of unforced errors. ‘’I think (this win) was a big one for me because although I really like grass and I seem to play well on it, I’ve never actually done overly well here,’’ Robson said after wrapping up the match with a forehand winner. ‘’I’ve only made the second round once. So, yeah, it was a big win for me. I think it was good that I managed to tough it out after I got so nervous in the second set.’’ Robson said she’ll try not to get carried away, but that she believes in her chances to make a deep run in the tournament. ‘’I think I go out against the top players with nothing to lose, and I’ve always been like that,’’ she said.
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SMASH. Novak Djokovic outmaneuvered Florian Mayer for a 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory.
SHOCK PROOF Serena, Djokovic advance
ONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic proved shock-proof as a sense of order was restored on Tuesday after the tremors that rumbled around Wimbledon on opening night following Rafa Nadal’s defeat. The top seeds limbered up on a sunny Centre Court with easy first-round wins to get their challenges underway, with Williams overpowering Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 6-1 6-3 before Djokovic dispatched German Florian Mayer in straight sets. A day that began with Belgium’s Steve Darcis waking up as the sport’s latest giant-slayer after
h i s shock first ro u n d d e feat of 12-times m a j o r champion Nadal on Monday, continued in far less dramatic fashion at the All England club. The 31-year-old Williams pocketed the first set in 19 minutes against Minella and despite a slight hiccup in the second when she double-faulted to drop serve, her 32nd consecutive victory was as straightforward as they come. Likewise, Djokovic as he outmaneuvered Mayer, a player just outside the
top 32 seeds and who he faced in the quarter-finals last year, for a 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory. Nadal’s fourth-seeded compatriot David Ferrer, who he beat to win an eighth French Open, completed a far-from-memorable Centre Court program with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2 win against Argentina’s Martin Alund despite several tumbles. Other men’s seeds also flourished with Czech 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych, Argentine 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, Germany’s Tommy Haas and talented Bul-
gara n Grigor Dimitrov all enjoying straight sets wins. In the w o m e n’ s draw, last year’s run-
ner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Samantha Stosur and Angelique Kerber all progressed but
10th seed Maria Kirilenko’s form in reaching the French Open last eight vanished as she suffered a surprise 6-3 6-4 defeat by Britain’s Laura Robson. Robson’s win staunched a flow of defeats for home players which had threatened to leave Andy Murray as the only surviving Briton in the second round. Big-serving American Sam Querrey, the 21st seed, also suffered a first-round exit, losing in five sets to Australian Bernard Tomic, having battled back from two sets down. WILLIAMS ADJUSTS Williams said she had
been “really sad” at Nadal’s exit, something she put down to the quick change from the claycourts of Paris to Wimbledon’s slick lawns, a transition she said had left her feeling a bit rusty on Ladies Day. Djokovic had not played a competitive match since losing an epic French Open semi-final to Nadal earlier this month and was clearly relieved to have avoided any early stress. The Serb did not drop a single service game as he clicked effortlessly through the gears but said Nadal’s defeat served as a warning that nothing can be taken for granted.
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